Honours Badge System

Riverhead School runs an honours system in which the children are given certificates, they then keep the certificates and store them safely until they can exchange them for a Bronze, Silver or Gold badge. See below for which certificates are needed for each badge.

There is a recording sheet at the bottom of this page that must be filled in when your child hands in their certificates.

Bronze Award

  • 2 x Classroom Achievement Certificates

  • 2 x Representation Certificates

  • 1 x Responsibility Certificate

  • 1 x Citizenship Merit Certificate

  • 1 x Above and Beyond Certificate

Total = 7 certificates

Silver Award

  • 3 x Classroom Achievement Certificates

  • 3 x Representation Certificates

  • 2 x Responsibility Certificates

  • 2 x Citizenship Merit Certificates

  • 2 x Above and Beyond Certificates

Total = 12 certificates

Gold Award

  • 4 x Classroom Achievement Certificates

  • 4 x Representation Certificates

  • 3 x Responsibility Certificates

  • 3 x Citizenship Merit Certificates

  • 3 x Above and Beyond Certificates

Total = 17 certificates

Platinum Award

Please see below for further information regarding Platinum level.

Once a certificate has been used towards a bronze, silver or gold badge, it will be stamped on the back, and can no longer be used for any other badge.

Platinum Award Certificates

  • 2 x Classroom Achievement Certificates

  • 2 x Representation Certificates

  • 2 x Responsibility Certificates

  • 2 x Citizenship Merit Certificates

  • 2 x Above and Beyond Certificates

Total = 10 certificates

Platinum Award Requirements

Alongside the required certificates, learners will:

  • Be a Rangitopuni Year 7 or 8 learner

  • Hold a leadership position of Captain or an equivalent Ambassador position

  • Collaborate in, lead or organise ONE external community activity eg planting day, rubbish clean up etc. This may be linked to Year 8 William Pike Challenge activities

  • Collaborate in, lead or organise ONE in-school volunteer project sustained over a minimum 8-week period

  • Participate in ONE specific external community volunteer project sustained over a minimum 8-week period. These can be student driven and must be approved by the Principal or Deputy Principal prior to commencing the project.


Categories of Certificates

Classroom Achievement Award

Each classroom teacher is able to give out “two” from their class each week for best practise classroom work, achieving goals, or “being the best they can be”

Representation Award

Any child who represents Riverhead School, in a sporting event or cultural event or community event with pride, skill, outstanding effort and to the best of their ability.

An Above and Beyond is Awarded for 10 Representation Awards. The Representation Awards may still be used towards the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards.

Responsibility Award

Any staff member who has a responsibility and is in charge of students with school-wide responsibility can present this award to the students who effectively carry out responsibility for 6 months or more. They must exhibit a conscientious attitude and maintain a quality of leadership through the ambassador’s programme. eg library, road patrol, office, Bump@r, tuakana teina etc

An Above and Beyond is Awarded for 10 Responsibility Awards. The Responsibilities Awards may still be used towards the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards.

Citizenship Award

Any child who reflects the ultimate Bump@r behaviour, by being consistently: trustworthy and reliable, respectful, building positive relationships, caring for others and the environment, leading, collaborative, creating a positive learning environment and just ‘doing the right thing’.

A Citizen Award is given for 5 Bump@r Certificates by the Principal

An Above and Beyond is Awarded for 7 Citizen Awards. The Citizen Awards may still be used towards the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Awards.

Above and Beyond Award

Any child who reflects the ultimate Bump@r behaviour, by being consistently: trustworthy and reliable, respectful, building positive relationships, caring for others and the environment, leading, collaborative, creating a positive learning environment and just ‘doing the right thing’.

A Citizen Award is given for 5 Bump@r Certificates by the Principal

An Above and Beyond is Awarded for 7 Citizen Awards. The Citizen Awards may still be used towards the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Awards.


Wild Cards

When a learner is awarded their Riverhead Learner Capabilities Driver status each year, this may be used as a ‘Wildcard’ for a Classroom certificate.

An Above and Beyond Certificate can also be used as a “Wildcard” for: Classroom, Representation, Responsibility or Citizenship.

Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards

When all the certificates are achieved, the Honours Recording list and the certificates are handed in to the Principal, by the child. The application will be taken to a Staff Meeting and staff make the decision as to when the child receives their award. Used certificates will be signed by the Principal and cannot be used again for the Silver or Gold award. The certificates may be carried over the years to obtain an Honours Award. Once they have achieved a Bronze they then strive for Silver and Gold. Unused certificates can be used for the next level of badge. At each level, students will receive a badge.

Honours Recording Sheet

Honours System Certificate Criteria

Honours Recording.pdf
Parent Honours System Certificate Criteria (2).pdf

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